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Most of our visitor centres, car parks and mountain bike trails are now open. Check what’s open near you before you travel and enjoy your visit safely.

Ard Hill

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Ard Hill Forest Notices

COVID-19 has changed lots of things we do. And as we re-open the majority of our facilities and welcome more of you back in Phase 3, we need your help to do it safely. Please check what’s open before you travel; enjoy your visit safely by following NHS and Scottish Government guidance; take your litter home with you; and follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

At this location:

  • The car park is open and normal charges (if any) now apply.

Please bear with us and check back regularly for updates. You can also find more information by visiting our COVID-19 page and our FAQs.

Panoramic views over picturesque Loch Alsh

A perfect place to stop and stretch your legs on the way to Skye. Drink in the fresh sea air and sweeping coastal views as you follow the gentle low-level trail around Ard Hill. Keep a look out for otters, seals and pods of dolphins in the tranquil waters of Loch Alsh below and buzzards and eagles flying above.

Guide map to the Forests of Lochalsh (PDF 3.1MB)

Walking trails


Ard Hill Circular

This trail loops through the trees to skirt the coast overlooking Loch Alsh. Look out for otters, seals and pods of porpoise in the tranquil waters below and eagles and buzzards overhead.

Mostly firm, uneven gravel surface. Short earth and grass section may be muddy. Includes some steep slopes.

1 ¼ miles / 2.0 km

¾ hour

More information

Follow the way-marked route from the car park. Keep a look out for otters, seals and pods of dolphins in the tranquil waters below and eagles and buzzards overhead.

Facilities & access


There is a hotel and café in Balmacara, a few hundred metres from the entrance to the woods. Otherwise, head to nearby Kyle of Lochalsh for public toilets, shops and places to eat and drink.

Getting here

The turn-off for Ard Hill is on the south side of the A87 between the villages of Balmacara and Kirkton.

Using SatNav?

IV40 8DH is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

Buses between Inverness and Kyle of Lochalsh/Skye stop at Balmacara Hotel, a 10 minute walk from the forest entrance. Plan your journey at Traveline Scotland.

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